I wanted to thank Nio Teas for the opportunity to try this amazing Tamaryokucha from Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu. The farmer, Satoru Fujisako has been producing teas like this for decades, and really puts an exceptional amount of care into the teas he creates. This particular blend has been made from the younger leaves of the tea plant, and it includes less stems. This makes the end product greener and less bitter when compared to the hinokuni tea.
I just wanted to start this tasting off by thanking the company NIO. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to taste a variety of their green teas and I have loved all of them. This Gyokuro was a favorite of mine.
Today I will be tasting the Sencha Noike Yuma. This tea is produced in Wazuka Prefecture, about 40 km from Kyoto.
Tamaryokucha, otherwise known as Guricha or “curly tea” is a common type of green tea in Japan. What makes this tea different from other green teas is that it is rolled into coiled comma shapes rather then being kneaded into needle like shapes.
I want to take this chance to thank Nio Teas for the great opportunity to try all of these teas. They are a Swiss company that imports tea directly from Japan and distributes it around Europe and the U.S. They have a great Facebook page and youtube channel that helps educate people about fine Japanese tea. If anyone is looking to get more into tea, this is a great place to start.
Today I had the great opportunity of trying 3 more teas from TeaQuinox! I tried a few of their teas a couple of weeks ago and really liked them. My one regret was that I only was able to try 3 of their teas the first time. With such a great selection, it was hard to narrow it down to 3 teas, but I eventually settled on Jasmine Pearls, Gyokuro and Liu’an Gua Pian because I love green tea so much. I knew I would one day get the opportunity to try more and sure enough, that day came!
Last week I had the great opportunity to try 3 different teas from the company TeaQuinox. After looking at their website, I must say I am very impressed with their selection. Not only do they have just about every tea you would want, they also include descriptions and background information about each variety.
I was so excited to get a chance to try Naoki Matcha out for myself. Looking at their website and Instagram profile, it seemed like their product was really top quality. To be honest, I’m not much of a Matcha person and have never had the opportunity to try ceremonial grade Matcha. I didn’t know what to expect going into this tea tasting.
Today I am drinking the Sencha by Maeda-en. I had my doubts about this one at first. It seemed to be a cheap version of Sencha but I trusted it because it is a well-known Japanese brand. The tea turned out to be very good, and I have kept it around as a staple to supplement my green tea supply. Sencha is a very popular tea and we will definitely discuss more varieties later on in this blog, but for now I just wanted to discuss this tea while it is fresh in my mind.
Genmaicha is a wonderful tea with a rich history. Its name in English is “brown rice tea”. The first thing you’ll notice about it are the grains of toasted rice inside the tea. This was originally used by the poor in Japan as a way to make their tea last longer during times of hardship. It was also used for people who were fasting.